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post #21 of 26 Old 04-23-2009, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Wow Tex, Right on !

I think I stirred some emotion ,and really that is what it's all about .

I love working with wood and I know everyone here dose too, thats way the tools are sometimes very important to us.

All I really wanted was one of you guys to will me a W&H ,I need one damn-it.
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post #22 of 26 Old 04-23-2009, 11:45 PM
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This thought has come across my mind before. I have 3 daughters and 2 son-in-laws. One of my daughter I know would like a few things but I dont know what the rest would go to. Now I have been on the receiving end before. One of my good friends died of brain cancer. He left all his tools to me. I took me months before I could bring myself to go pick them up.

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Wow,this is the deepest thread I've read,KUDOS.
I've thought alot about this.I have three daughters,two step daughters,one step son,four sons-in-law,seven granddaughters and five grandsons.I hope I live long enough to see at least one of them take intrest in what I do.Many of us didn't get started until later in life(myself at 40).I'm 48 now so i hope I have a long way to go.Since I wouldn't want to leave my wife with this burden,we should figure this out now.My great gradparents were married on the ferris wheel at the 1904 worlds fair in St.Louis,for a wedding gift he made a cedar chest in a herring bone pattern with her initials made into the design.as a kid I would ride my bike for hours to go see her and listen to her stories.She lived to be 96 I was 15,she had lived in an era that went from horse and buggy to putting a man on the moon.My great Aunt,their daughter was born in 1905an lived to be 97,I was 41,she was one of my favorite people,She too had many stories and I always asked about family history.We would pull out photo albums and talk for hours,she always said I was the only one left who cared.One day she took me downstairs and showed me the cedar chest,It looked old and dusty,but still intact.When she passed I was told I could have anything I wanted,the photo albums her sister had already taken,I went straight downstairs and asked if anyone wanted the chest.The replies I got were "that dirty thing" .I took that dirty thing home ,cleaned it and put about four coats of paste wax on it and you'd never know it's over100 years old.If just one of my many decendants take an intrest they can have it all.But my loving wife said she's burying me in the kiln,with it on.Rick
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You know Texas that even though Diabetes, and heart issues do tend to shorten a person's life , staying active, eating healthy, keeping fit, and seeing your witch doctor regularly can keep you going for a long time. You obviously have a good attitude towards life, death, and family, so I'm thinking you're gonna get a lot of miles out of this life.

I totally agree with your attitude towards stuff. That's all it is, just stuff.

Leaky goose, you started an interesting thread, one which we all need to give some thought to. It's not so much about who gets what, as it is about making things clear so there's no fighting about "stuff" after you're gone.

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This is a subject that Iíve been thinking about for a long time. I will be 60 this year and nearly died from E. coli virus a few years back when it was misdiagnosed. Iíve never fully recovered from the damage done to my organs and it made a big change in my life. Iím now afraid to buy new tools because I worry about the burden it would put on my family.

My neighbor died suddenly awhile back and his wife pilled up all his tools on the sidewalk for the trash collector including his radial saw. I was so shocked and in disbelief that someone else grabbed the saw before me, but it did get me thinking. I would be rolling in my grave if my wife threw away all my beloved tools and I know that my daughters would not hesitate to throw everything away. They stopped giving me tools for Christmas years ago and they beg me not to buy anything else. Their eyes roll every time I go to Sears or Home Depot.

I ended up with all of my dads tools when he passed away and I did not know the value of his tools. He had a collection of hand planes that were very specialized and I was into power tools, so I decided to sell them at a flea market. As I was setting up and before it was even open there were 6 or 7 other venders looking at my dadís tools. After they left one came back and offered me $50 for the planes and I took it. Then about 15 min. later when the place opened, the rest came back and wanted to know what happened to the planes. They said the plains were worth more than $1500 and could not believe that I sold them for what I did.

I went so far as buying an inventory program and started taking photos of everything I have along with all the info including the amount I paid and the current value, so that the family could at least sell everything for what is was worth. I made my whishes clear that I want everything sold. Iíve even setup an account on eBay and showed my wife how to use it. Iím still not comfortable with Crags List, but I know itís the only way to sell the large tools.

Iím a die hard DIY guy. Donít tell me to hire someone for what I can do myself.
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Gerry you sound like my wife. Thanks for the sound advice though ~ I am doing better than I was.

Sleeper, I salute you. You are being responsible and thoughtful to your family. They will be grateful for it one day.
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